Open books on NC learner transport contracts

By: Pule Thole, MPL Northern Cape Legislature Today I will write to the MEC of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Ms Martha Bartlett that she releases a detailed report regarding the awarding of contracts to learner transport operators. If she fails to respond within 14 days the DA will submit a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) application with the aim of resolving the on-going debacle in the learner transport services. The DA is concerned about the continued disruptions of learner transport services in the Dikgatlong municipal area. Media reports that learners have missed days of school after operators dumped them sighting overcrowding is not acceptable. With exams due to start in two weeks fast action is required from the department, this province cannot experience yet another situation in which our children miss school due to poor service delivery on the part of government. Despite assurances by the department that the learner transport function is running optimally clearly this is not the case. In the beginning of the 2015 academic year more than 200 learners had to miss their first days of school after bus operators left them stranded blaming the department for non-payment. The department has allocated R168million in the 2015/16 financial year for transport services which is R5million more from the previous financial year. Where are all these funds going to? The department must answer and open their books regarding the awarding of contracts to transport operators. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################